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Punishing Disease: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness

January 29, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 12:55 pm

Please join us for a talk with Trevor Hoppe, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY, on his book, Punishing Disease: HIV and the criminalization of sickness. The book examines how and why U.S. policymakers and public health systems have adopted coercive and punitive responses to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS. It also looks at how other diseases have been punished throughout history and cautions against the extension of criminalization to diseases such as hepatitis and meningitis.

This talk is part of the Human Rights Program’s year-long speaker series examining the criminalization of human rights concerning gender, sexuality, and reproduction. It is co-sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law, Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics, the Criminal Justice Policy Program, and the Center for Health Law Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School.


January 29, 2018
12:00 pm - 12:55 pm
Event Category:
Research Programs Events
Human Rights Program


WCC 3007 Room


Walters, Dana